HARWINTON OUTSTANDING CITIZEN
2012 Honoree

TOM SCHOENEMANN

Tom and his wife Joan, have been Harwinton residents since 1991, though he spent many summers here beginning in 1943 and became a full-time resident in 1954 before beginning college and his career elsewhere. Tom was born in Brooklyn, New York, and, after living and working in the San Francisco area, Boston, and London, he returned to Harwinton to make it his home. He has said that, “I grew up here and I loved coming here as a child where things were green and growing, and I enjoy living here because of the friendly atmosphere and the spirit of volunteerism”.

Tom’s contributions to Harwinton have included his involvement in many non-profit organizations in the town throughout the years. He served as president of the Harwinton Land Conservation Trust from 1994 to 2004, and from 2010 to present. He has served as treasurer of the Harwinton Congregational Church for several years and has served on a variety of boards and committees there. He currently serves as president of the Church Council. He served briefly in the past as treasurer of the Harwinton Tennis Club, the Harwinton Historical Society, and the Harwinton Garden Club.

Tom has also served as secretary of the Town of Harwinton Conservation Commission, had served on the Recreation Study Commission, and chaired the Task Force studying the advantages and disadvantages of four-years terms for selectmen. In addition, he served as chair of the Economic Development Commission in 2010 and 2011. He is currently on the Investment Committee for the Harwinton Library. He also serves on the Board of the Yale Club of Northwest Connecticut and served many years as its president.

Tom has been very involved as a counselor and as a past chair of the Northwest Connecticut Chapter of SCORE, a non-profit group of business men and women who have been successful entrepreneurs and small business owners offering advice and assistance to area business owners or those seeking to begin a small business. He has been with SCORE since 1992 and has been manager of the SCORE counseling program at the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce since 1995. He is a frequent speaker on small business planning and authored the basic guide, “Starting a Small Business in Northwest Connecticut”.

Tom is Professor Emeritus of Management from the School of Business at San Francisco State University where he was in charge of the small business program and Director of the Small Business Institute. Before joining the University, he worked for the consulting form of Arthur D. Little, Inc., in Boston, London, and San Francisco for 15 years working on a variety of projects that often involved business planning and operations. He also did consulting work in the area of compensation management. Prior to that, he worked as an engineer in the Advanced Systems Studies Department at Sandia Corporation involved in planning for future projects at a government research and engineering facility in California. He has a Bachelor’s degree with honors and a Master’s degree from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in electrical engineering and applied mathematics.

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Harwinton Historical Society Scrapbook
Republican American Newspaper